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The Raven – Edgar A. Poe

We are studying The Raven in literature, so I thought I’d share a few resources.

The Raven study guide

Edgar A. Poe biography

Edgar A. Poe – The Mystery biography video

The Raven animation

Edgar Allan Poe Society

Tiny Toons version of The Raven

The Simpsons version of The Raven

Funny review of milk. Yes…milk.

Trippy tribute video.

The Raven. (song by The Raven)




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Summer – Week 3: Bees & Wasps

We took a break from our regular studies this week (all but math) and decided to study bees and wasps.

There are a lot of bees and wasps on our apartment complex’s property. We all despise them. We found something that looks like the start of a wasp nest in our backyard and thought it would be fun to study them (indoors). I found a bunch of resources and thought I’d share them. We’ve learned so much about them, and I think it has helped with the fear of bees. Now we only fear wasps. LOL

Online Research & Information
Everything About Bees – “Bee, common name for a winged, flower-feeding insect with branched body hairs.”

Everything About Wasps – ” Wasp, common name applied to most species of hymenopteran insects, except bees and ants. Insects known as wasps include the sawflies, the parasitic wasps, and the stinging wasps, which are the best known.”

Bees and Wasps – “The insects most beneficial to humans are found in the large insect order Hymenoptera. Not only are the bees and many of their relatives pollinators of flowering plants, including fruits and vegetables, but thousands of species of small wasps are parasites of other arthropods including pest insects. Without these parasites that limit the growth of insect populations, pests would overtake most crops.”

Africanized Honey Bees – “Africanized honey bees have moved into the Southwest and are here to stay. In addition to the safety issues that need to be addressed because of the defensiveness of these bees, honey bees are also fascinating subjects to study. These lesson plans were developed to familarize students with honey bees and bee safety issues through a variety of interesting activities.”

Various Bees – “There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world. Bees live in colonies and there are three types of bees in each colony.”

Bee Identification

The Bees and Wasps, and the Hornets – Aesop’s Fable

BBC Nature – Wonderful close up video of bumblebees. We learned a lot from the series of videos.

BBC Wasps – Video of wasps.

Vanishing of the Bees – You can stream the documentary online for $3.99. “Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.”

Silence of the Bees – “In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country.”



Wherefore Art Thou Internets?

When your Internet is out, you feel so lost. So alone. That was me. What did we do before Internet really? How did I get information? Newspaper? Library? Phone book? Absurd. Not only my Internet, but my phone too?

Now that I am back up and running, I started my oldest on her lessons for today. We school year round, T-F. Year round doesn’t mean NO breaks. We actually take a ton of breaks. Days here, a week there, and a couple weeks in summer and around Christmas. Anyway, she was starting one of her lessons and needed to login to one of her online classes (that we PAY for), and her access is not enabled. Seriously. This is a fairly new resource for us, so I hope they get it fixed quickly. She’s not too bummed out about it. She’s spending her time wisely playing games on her iPod. =/

The other two kiddos only had one subject today, as they slowly start their next grade levels. All went okay with them.

For Literature with Mom (tonight), we will be reading another chapter from Tales From Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale.


It’s actually now about 4pm, and I haven’t eaten today. This is a real problem for me. I’m about to raid the kitchen to see what I can find. Before a dizzy spell or migraine hit. 

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Halloween Game

My kids and I got a kick out of this game:
Spider Game. Enjoy. Tell me what ya think!

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